Tetrahydrocannabinol, more commonly known as THC, is one of over a hundred chemical compounds which are found in the cannabis sativa plant. Each of these compounds, which are classed scientifically as cannabinoids, has different properties and effects on the body. The most well known effect of THC is the psychoactive impact it has on the mind, or the “high” as many people call it.
It is THC which is responsible for the association that many of us have between marijuana and recreational drug abuse. For many people, shaking off old views of marijauna and the kinds of people who use them may take time. But the truth is that today, legal cannabis culture is alive and well in the United States and people of all ages and all incomes are taking advantage of the many proven health benefits of the drug.
Despite what many people may think, THC does more than just cause a euphoric haze. Although it is often overshadowed by cannabidiol (CBD), another chemical found in cannabis, THC can be of significant medicinal value.
In the 1990’s researchers discovered a regulatory system in the human body which they called the endocannabinoid system. This system is made up of receptors which are scattered throughout the body. The majority of them, researchers found, are located in the nervous system.
Further study revealed that the endocannabinoid system produces chemicals which are identical to those cannabinoids found in cannabis. These they named endocannabinoids. They noted that the system processed the endocannabinoids and used them to trigger it’s receptors. The triggering of receptors led to action taken within the body and a number of important bodily functions. These include:
Thanks to the strides made in this area of research, we are finally starting to understand why cannabis has been used as a natural medicine for hundreds of years. Our understanding of the endocannabinoid system explains the value in its use as a treatment for an incredibly wide spectrum of diseases and medical conditions.
THC in particular has been proven in countless scientific studies to be a powerful pain reliever. Because of this, it has been used to treat chronic pain for centuries. It has also been shown to reduce depression and anxiety.
It can promote sleep, improve mood, and has powerful anti-inflammatory and antioxidant properties. Researchers believe they are only starting to scratch the surface of the medicinal properties that THC has to offer.
Today marijuana is prescribed to treat chronic conditions such as Parkinson’s disease and multiple sclerosis, mental health conditions such as depression and post traumatic stress disorder, and diseases such as cancer and epilepsy. Furthermore, it’s used as a natural medicine in the homes of countless Americans to treat acne, eczema, insomnia and anxiety.
Nonetheless, there comes a time when marijuana users find themselves needing to detox. Most often, this is when new employment opportunities require a drug screening test. In this case, employers seek to detect THC among other substances.
Often, the employment is based on the results of the test and testing positive could ruin a marijuana users chances. Understandably, under these circumstances marijuana users are keen to remove THC from their systems. A THC detox can help them to achieve this goal.
The remnants of THC, known as THC metabolites, are stored in the body for a certain period of time once it has been processed. It will only remain in the blood for up to a week, whereas in urine it can last for a number of months. This is why urine tests are more common than blood tests when it comes to drug screens today.
Of course, the safest and most effective way to detox your body is through abstaining for a number of weeks or more. However, natural detoxing is not always possible and sometimes individuals find themselves have to speed up the detoxing process.
Here are some ideas for detoxing fast:
The above methods may be popular, but unfortunately their efficacy is questionable. The range of quick fixes including detox drinks and other detox products is constantly growing. By all means, marijuana users who need to pass a drug test can try them out. However, none are likely to effectively lower THC levels sufficiently for a urine sample, especially if the user has only 24 hours notice.
There have been some claims, on the internet in particular, that medical marijuana can help to remove THC from the body. However, there is no scientific evidence to support these claims.
These claims may stem from the fact that many strains of medical marijuana contain extremely low, and sometimes totally negligible, levels of THC. This, of course, is true. Different strains of the cannabis plant have been designed and bred over the past several decades.
Each strain has been specifically created with certain properties in mind. For example, some are designed to be particularly effective at treating anxiety disorders while others are more effective at the treatment of inflammatory diseases.
The levels of THC and CBD also vary a great deal from one strain to the next. The demand for medical marijuana has grown to include such a wide variety of people that growers needed strains which would appeal to patients who wanted to enjoy the medical values of the plant without having to experience the psychoactive effects of THC.
However, just because a strain contains little or no THC whatsoever has absolutely no bearing on whether or not it can induce a THC detox or remove THC from the body.
Thes claims could also have something to do with the fact that there is a growing body of evidence supporting the idea that medical marijuana could prove an effective treatment for alcohol and illicit drug addiction. Unfortunately, there isn’t any link between medical marijuana’s use in addiction recovery and its ability to lower THC levels in the body.
Medical marijuana has become one of the most topical areas of homoeopathic medicine today. The body of evidence supporting its use for medicinal purposes is growing rapidly. The online media are reporting more than ever before on scientific advances in medical cannabis, and the curiosity of the general population is sky high.
As marijuana use becomes more popular than ever, the number of people who are faced with the need to disguise their THC levels is also growing. Unfortunately, the best possible way to lower the THC levels in your blood and urine sample is abstain from marijuana use for a month before being tested.
For heavy users, natural detoxing can be problematic. However, it can be prevented by limiting marijuana use and/or choosing to opt for strains which are naturally low in THC instead of ones which have higher levels. For most medical users, this is a viable option as strains which contain higher levels of CBD tend to be of just as much medicinal value.
For those who are unwilling to limit their use and or choice of strain, options are fewer. In states where medical marijuana is legal the attitudes of employers seem to be shifting slowly but surely.
Hopefully, in the not so distant future, drug screens will become a thing of the past. In some liberal states where legal cannabis culture is well established and embraced, this is already beginning. However in others, marijuana users may have to wait for some time before they can openly use marijuana without having to hide it from employers.